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Most Disliked Programming Languages for Programmers

It’s a well-known fact that your choice of a programming language decides the growth of your career as a developer.While Stack Overflow already analyzed what technologies coders tend to dislike with the help of question vies and visits, the new results have been compiled using the preferences of developers while creating their Developer Story. For those who don’t know, Developer Story is an innovative way to create technical resumes.

Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson examined the site’s Developer Stories, in which developers can add tags for languages, operating systems, platforms, and libraries they would or would not like to work with—offering a way to examine the opinions of hundreds of thousands developers on the platform.

“There are many ways to measure the popularity of a language; for example, we’ve often used Stack Overflow visits or question views to measure such trends,” Robinson wrote. “But this dataset is a rare way to find out what technologies people tend to dislike when given the opportunity to say so on their CV.”

The most disliked programming languages

Perl, Delphi, and VBA top the list of most disliked programming languages among developers, according to new data from Stack Overflow.

Now, let’s take a look at the 15 most disliked languages:
  1. Perl
  2. Delphi
  3. PHP
  4. VBA
  5. Objective-C
  6. CoffeeScript
  7. Ruby
  8. C#
  9. Java
  10. C++
  11. Haskell
  12. C
  13. F#
  14. Erlang
  15. Matlab
Disliked Programming Languages
                         Source: Stackoverflow


It’s worth noting that the fastest growing programming languages are the ones which are most disliked, including R, Python, TypeScript, Go, and Rust. Following a similar trend, the most disliked languages are the fastest shrinking programming language tags on Stack Overflow.

In terms of most universally liked technologies, machine learning, git, Python-3.X, HTML5, and CSS3 topped the list.

Another recent Stack Overflow report found that Python is the fastest-growing programming language, and by 2019 will surpass all other languages in terms of active developers.


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